You have to be brave to attempt to install this for all the above reasons, but if you make the attempt, the end result might well be exactly what you want.
Good points - Good and configurable captcha. Walter does his best to handle innumerable forum support requests. The joomla 1.0 version provides captcha on the administrator back end as well as the front. The product works. Walter is trying very hard to provide a product, documentation and a support level that is better than most.
If older versions were better supported and the back end of Joomla 1.5 was better protected I would give this component an Excellent.
Thanks for your feedbacks
>The negatives first. Security Images - Tricky to implement as it requires lots of core hacks.
>Each time you upgrade Joomla, those hacks need to reapplied with new hacks suited to the new
>Joomla version. The captcha may often not show due to template overrides so after all the
>installation work the captchas may still not show.
Was true in Joomla 1.0 and Joomla 1.5 and not anymore starting with securityimages 6.0 (J1.6 and upward till J2.5)
>The captcha is no longer available for
>the administrator page so you can only have captcha on login/registration and contacts.
True starting with Joomla 1.5 and this is due the way Joomla CMS handle sessions.
In Joomla 1.6 and up all forms created with Joomla native JField will be protected without any code changes.
>The backend is a bit hard to comprehend and Walter's English translations need some assistance
>from a natural English speaker.
Yes that true I suppose you are still using joomla 1.0, securityimages 3.x is from 2004. I try now for other
components cedtag, cedthumbnails and cedsmugmug to have a nice and modern administrator backend panel.
>It is also not easy to make all 3rd party components accept captcha, each requiring specific hacks to code.
Yes and No.... there is an API in securityimages 3.x, 4.x and 5.x but in Joomla 1.0/1.5 there was no way to
define customs events to let me plug 3rd party code in other 3rd party components.
>Support is not available for the older versions for security images.
Since July 22nd 2009: Joomla 1.0 has reached end-of-life. And so has also support for securityimages 3.x, 4.x ended.
Since Marc 30th 2012: Joomla 1.5 has reached end-of-life. And so has also support for securityimages 5.x ended
-> I may solve security issues through but certainly do not improve the code anymore.
>Walter's website is as confusing as the component backend.
I did improve the situation thanks to cedtag and reorganize the menu "Joomla" by extensions. You can use my contact section to provide me some feedbacks.
I will invest some time in the comming days to improve even more
>The documentation is thorough though confusing at times with unresolved ambiguities. Walter's components and acoutrements seems a little chaotic sometimes.
I will work on it this week as well.
>You have to be brave to attempt to install this for all the above reasons, but if you make the attempt, the end result might well be exactly what you want.
Securityimages6 just require you to install a plugin (Joomla 1.6 to Joomla 2.5)
>Good points - Good and configurable captcha. Walter does his best to handle innumerable forum support requests.
>The joomla 1.0 version provides captcha on the administrator back end as well as the front. The product works.
>Walter is trying very hard to provide a product, documentation and a support level that is better than most.
>If older versions were better supported and the back end of Joomla 1.5 was better protected I would give this component an Excellent.
BTW consider using htaccess for the admin area, solving a captcha wont help a lot since there is now good tool to reverse engineer the captcha.
It is partly been due to having this extension installed and the fact that most spammers these days are humans and not bots. It is not really the fault of this extension it is simply due to the success of online captchas which have successfully prevented a lot of auto bots spamming. All the spammers are using humans now as they can easily bypass the captcha. To abuse this component all each spammer has to do is add a few email addresses and press send, each email appears to come from your site. The component can be configured to only send a standard message but that rather defeats the point. This problem also affects standard Joomla content which has an "email this" icon enabled.
End Result: A good component abused by spammers.
Personally I've never had the problem you seem to be experiencing and I do not believe it is as prevalent as you describe either.
Even though you gave us 4 out 5 Stars, thanks for using your valuable review to point out a problem that is completely out of our control and NOT specific to this component!
How exactly does one go about fooling 'humans' from spamming anyway? Do you actually have a solution to this problem? If you do, you would be a millionaire pretty darn quick!
I guess maybe the only answer is to have absolutely NO on-line forms what-so-ever, including NO email addresses - that way you are guaranteed to never be spammed (nor contacted by your customers)!!
Thanks again ;o)
This is incorrect. The plugin creates "meta property og" tags, as per the Open Graph specifications.
Hi, thanks for review.
Please open a ticket at web-expert.gr/clients/index.php to report the issue.(is fully translated to English.)
I have simply abandoned Google maps.
Thanks for the compliment for my plugin. I am sorry that it is not working on your website and you find it too complicated.
Please ask support at my website so I can have a try to solve the problem and discuss how we can simplify the usage.
As you say this is a configurable product.
It puzzles me that you would value items which gave you no choices. Why would you want something that only represents someone elses priorities.
Having said that the configuration options are fairly straight forward. As you youself say very configurable.
It is now possible to set a stock value for an item with attributes without having to use the child/parent item relationship as per current VM. Virtuemart's system is unwieldy, complicated to use, counter-intuitive and results in thousands of child items. Some shops have items with 30 sizes, 5 colour variations and other attributes. With hundreds of products in your shop this could end up with thousands of child products and a requirement for a dedicated server...
The idea is simply that you can have a stock level for each and every variety of item that you wish to have in the shop. This extension accomplishes this and does what VM should have had all along.
If this spam was gone I would rate this extension as EXCELLENT. The Artio devs are good chaps - I don't know why they do this.
I have tried several form tools and what you want is something bug-free and which works without that steep learning curve and without having to build up the form using bits of twigs and mouse droppings.
This tool gets a form going pretty quick, it is not so intuitive in some areas, adding menu links for instance is done the opposite way to all other components, ie. it occurs within the mailforms component and not in the joomla menu tool (why?). However, that issue aside, it is easy to build a simple form and the result works straight away. It also looks good on the page. The advertising is discrete and can be got rid of with some cash to the developer.
I'd say it was worth the money.
For complex forms with complex scripting please feel free to use facile/breeze forms. But I want a life - so I'll be using mailforms for almost all my requirements from now own.